Over a dozen U.S. tour dates for Kristin Hersh electric trio announced after Throwing Muses shows
Indie music heroine Kristin Hersh has announced over a dozen new tour dates, which including shows in the U.S. Midwest and West Coast, as well as one in the U.K. She will be playing as a hard-hitting electric trio, along with Fred Abong (Throwing Muses) and Rob Ahlers (50FOOTWAVE), both of whom have played an important role in her two respective bands.
Hersh will be touring in support of her latest highly acclaimed album ‘Possible Dust Clouds’, released viaFire Records, as well as the reissue of her eighth solo album ‘Crooked’ via Fire Records, which is out September 27. ‘Crooked’, which was put out on orange vinyl for Record Store Day 2019, will now be released on black vinyl and CD. Concert-goers for this tour will also hear other material from Hersh’s lengthy career.
Kristin Hersh is most recognized as frontperson for the influential art-punk band Throwing Muses and power trio 50FOOTWAVE. Throwing Muses gained traction in the early ‘80s, playing with bands like The Pixies and Dinosaur Jr. Kristin’s solo career spun off in 1994 with the widely acclaimed ‘Hips and Makers’, featuring ‘Your Ghost’, a duet with R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe. Kristin has since released a steady stream of distinct solo albums with 2010’s ‘Crooked’ the first release in the inventive book/CD format she is now known for.
In addition to a series of frighteningly intense mini-albums via 50FOOTWAVE, Kristin’s writing career has also flourished with the highly acclaimed ‘Rat Girl’ (titled ‘Paradoxical Undressing’ in the UK) and the award winning ‘Don’t Suck, Don’t Die’, a personal account of her long friendship with the late Vic Chesnutt.
Hersh is also pleased to announce that Throwing Muses will be performing at the Pasadena Daydream Festival on August 31, curated by Robert Smith, along with The Cure, Pixies, Deftones, Mogwai, The Joy Formidable, Twilight Sad, Chelsea Wolfe, Kaelan Mikla and Emma Ruth Rundle.
Kristin Hersh’s astounding career has crowned her queen of the alternative release. Her tenth studio album ‘Possible Dust Clouds’ is a highly personalized sociopathic gem delivered as a futuristic rewriting of how music works – a melodious breeze with a tail wind of venomous din.
A turbulent cracker with riot grrl swagger, this album is Hersh’s first new material since 2016, when she released her critically-acclaimed double album-book combo ‘Wyatt at the Coyote Palace’. In contrast to that LP, which saw Hersh record over several years, playing all the instruments on these songs over many years, this album involves numerous friends.
Enveloping the juxtaposition of the concept ‘dark sunshine’, she created this brooding solo, expanding her off-kilter sonic vision. Produced by Hersh herself, this album was mixed and mastered by Steve Rizzo with contributions by Fred Abong on bass, Chris Brady (Pond) on vocals and bass, and drums by Throwing Muses’ David Narcizo, Rob Ahlers and Kristin’s son, Wyatt True. The result is a squally and heady mix of discordant beauty.
“When I heard the record back after leaving the atmosphere of the studio, it was like stepping back from a painting. It just sounded like this chaotic party. You want the chaos, you want the violence, the sweetness lends itself to a fun explosion. And that’s what “Possible Dust Clouds” sounds like,” says Kristin Hersh.
Feedback and phasing gyrate from simply strummed normality. Imagine Dinosaur Jr and My Bloody Valentine cranking up a Dylan couplet. ‘Possible Dust Clouds’ is a glorious return to form for one of alternative rock’s true innovators.
Touring allows listeners the chance to experience what the BBC calls Hersh’s “dark and dizzy world”. For this tour, Fred Abong also opens each show with an acoustic set in support of his recently-released ‘Pulsing’ EP, alternately described as “ragged Replacements” and “Elliott Smith with balls”.
‘Possible Dust Clouds’ is available now online everywhere and on vinyl via Fire Records . ‘Crooked’, which released on orange vinyl for Record Store Day 2019, will now be released on black vinyl and CD. Ticket info and sales links for all shows can be found at www.kristinhersh.com/appearances
Aug 23 Boston, MA – City Winery (as Throwing Muses)
Aug 20 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar (as Throwing Muses)
Aug 31 Pasadena, CA – Pasadena Daydream Festival (as Throwing Muses)
Sept. 06 Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriet’s
Sept. 08 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
Sept. 10 Denver, CO – Hi Dive
Sept. 12 Omaha, NE – Slowdown
Sept. 14 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
Sept. 15 Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hill
Sept. 17 Cleveland, OH – Music Box Supper Club
Sept. 19 Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse
Sept. 20 Columbus, OH – Rumba Cafe
Sept. 22 Chicago, IL – Shubas Tavern
Sept. 25 Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
Sept. 26 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
Sept. 29 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
Nov 10 London, UK – The Jazz Cafe
Album order https://www.firerecords.com/product/kristin-hersh-possible-dust-clouds
‘Possible Dust Clouds’ YouTube playlist http://bit.ly/2Jc6niH
Soundcloud playlist https://soundcloud.com/shameless-promotion/sets/kristin-hersh
‘Crooked’ album pre-order https://fire-records.lnk.to/KHcrookedTW